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Discover Will No Longer Require Signatures at Checkout

Card brand’s move follows a similar announcement already made by MasterCard.
December 7, 2017

​RIVERWOODS, Ill. – Beginning in April 2018, Discover will no longer require signatures at the point of sale for credit and debit transactions on the Discover Global Network in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The change is part of Discover’s efforts to improve the payment experience by speeding up the time spent at checkout all while maintaining a high level of security for both customers and merchants.

Discover has already implemented digital authentication technologies such as tokenization, multi-factor authentication, and biometrics that are more secure than requiring a signature.

“As the payments industry continues to evolve and introduce new methods of transacting, we’re making sure that Discover is providing customers and merchants with a smooth and more secure payments experience,” said Jasma Ghai, vice president of global products innovation at Discover. “With the rise in new payment security capabilities, like chip technology and tokenization, the time is right to remove this step from the checkout experience.”

Merchants interested in no longer requiring a signature for Discover Global Network transactions may need to update their point of sale systems, notes Discover.

In October, MasterCard announced that it would no longer require signatures at the point of sale after April 2018, saying that eliminating the need for signature “is another step in the digital evolution of payments and payment security.”